Posted by Steven Sawyer on 6/2/2019

Changing your furnace air filter at the right time is vital when it comes to the quality of your indoor air. However, choosing the right furnace filter might be confusing because there are lots of options in the market. Therefore, consider the factors below before you purchase a furnace air filter.

Consider the type of HVAC unit 

The first step towards getting the right furnace air filter is that you need to know the kind of your HVAC unit. You should note that high-efficiency HVAC unit that is modern will require an air filter size that is different from that of the older ones. Before shopping for a new air filter, note the model number as well as the size of the old one. 

Take note of the medical requirement and specific allergy

You may need an air filter with a higher level of filtration if you or your family members suffer from asthma or allergies. So, look for an air filter that posses this level of superior performance to safeguard your health and that of your family.

Consider the climate 

Mold and mildew problems are common in humid weather. When you live in an area that is hot or cold, you are likely to run your HVAC unit more than those in a temperate region, and there will be a need to replace your air filter regularly. All these factors should influence your choice when picking the right air filter. 

Local air condition 

The quality of outdoor air is essential when choosing an air filter. It has a significant impact on the efficiency rating requirement of your furnace air filter. Those living in a heavily polluted area or those that do not live close to a city where the air is fresh and less polluted need to consider this factor. These categories of people must make think about the quality of their indoor air when next they are replacing their air filter.

Presence of pets

Pets are friendly and a source of joy to many, but they can contaminate the air in the home with hair and pet dander. If you have pets at home, look for air filters that are ideal for homes having pets.

Once you consider the following factors, it will be straightforward to choose the right air filter from the overwhelming options available. By so doing, you are making sure that you and your family members are safe from any cough, asthma, allergies and any other health issues that an old or incorrect air filter can cause.





Posted by Steven Sawyer on 2/10/2019

Doing a home improvement or renovation is a great way to add value to your home while learning something new. If you decide to DIY, you can enlist the help of your family and learn together.

But, when youíre taking on a task youíve never done before, thereís a lot that can go wrong. You might go over budget, or the project might take significantly longer than expected. Sometimes we start jobs that we donít have the expertise (or permits) to finish and have to call in a professional sinking more time and money into what was supposed to be an inexpensive renovation.

To help you avoid some of these common pitfalls, weíve provided these tips for running a successful home improvement project so you can focus on your renovation and not on the headaches that come with it.

1. Know when to call the experts

Undertaking a do-it-yourself project can be fun and rewarding. However, some tasks are better left to the professionals. Plumbing and electrical mistakes, in particular, can be dangerous and costly if you get it wrong. You donít want to disregard the safety of you, your family, and your belongings just to save money on hiring a professional.

2. Call the best expert for the job

Call multiple professionals for a quote before accepting an offer.

If you received what seems a very low quote for a job, make sure to call other experts in the industry to see how much they would charge for the job. Getting an unusually low offer could be a sign that the contractor will rush the project or use cheap materials.

Alternatively, if you receive a quote that seems too high, the contractor may have a busy schedule or might not really want the job, so theyíve offered you a price they donít expect you to take.

Regardless of who you choose, see if you can find reviews and testimonials to make sure youíve selected a contractor who is professional and has good customer feedback.

3. Aim high with your budget

When homeowners take on a renovation, they tend to underestimate the costs. To avoid being shocked by going over budget, estimate what you think the total costs would be and then at another twenty percent. That twenty percent could account for damaged building materials, mistakes, or last-minute changes and customizations--all are frequent on DIY projects.

4. Donít work without a design or blueprint

Even for simple home improvement projects, itís best to start out with a plan. Having detailed measurements and drawings to refer to will help you avoid costly mistakes. Weíve all felt the temptation to ďeyeball itĒ when working on a project--taking the extra few minutes to measure and refer to your plan will save you time in the long run.

5. Relax and focus on the results

Home improvement projects can be a source of frustration for many families. If you arenít an expert, itís easy to get angry when things arenít going as you planned. If you find yourself frequently hitting a wall-literally or figuratively--step back from the project and refocus on the end goal, improving your home for years to come.




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